"Oro: Opus Primum" and "Oro: Opus Alter"(Neurot Recordings; 2012)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Ufomammut released "Oro: Opus Primum" and "Oro: Opus Alter" in the same year; sort of a double album but done separately. The bonus is that they released both of them on vinyl so you could get the real listening experience. Ufomammut are Italian psychedelic rock, and emphasis on the word "psychedelic." It's trippy, creepy and "Oro: Opus Primum" has a video that goes with the music and you can find on YouTube.

This disc grows from a eerie sound into a full-on blast. It sounds like it's going to take off right inside your head.

Both "Oro: Opus Alter" and "Oro: Opus Primum" both build upon one another. There are plenty of creepy layers to each song and it flows along via a slow and brooding riff that sound so downtuned it probably isn't on any chart. "Alter" seems much heavier than "Primum." It's also got more vocalizing going on. It's still full of creepy sounds and it has an eerier approach. Both discs are great for just sitting back and relaxing into.

For more information, check out http://www.ufomammut.com.

"Eve" (Supernatural Cat; 2010)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Ufomammut are an Italian psychedelic metal band. They incorporate a lot of doom metal, sludge metal and psychedelic sounds into their music. This disc, which is one continuous song, clocks in at 1:07:54. There are silent breaks in between and those are designed to be there so you can reflect on what you've just experienced. It's been a while since I sat down and fully absorbed a cosmic listening experience such as "Eve." It's haunting, mesmerizing and creepy and I can't wait to listen to it again, and again.

There are some spoken words but they are few, and they are distorted anyway. "Eve" is mainly an instrumental about a homage to the first woman on earth, Eve. It's a very forward album and it grows from a slow riff into a galloping opus. Take a look at the album cover: It's Eve in middle. She's the queen surrounded by the serpent.

I recommend listening to this disc with headphones on. The sound moves back and forth between and it will help you to capture all the sounds captured hereon.

Ufomammut: Poia - guitar, synths, fx; Urlo - bass, synths, fx, vocals; Vita - drumkit.

For more information http://www.ufomammut.com.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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